Week 12 WR Rankings & Projections (PPR): Calvin Ridley Set For Monster Week

It was just your standard week of Nelson Agholor and Damiere Byrd as top-ten scorers. It also featured Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. We continue to have a chaotic up and down season for many names but we can continue to rely on a lot of these wide receivers week-to-week. Davante Adams remains on an unreal pace this year with a 7-106-1 day against the Colts and Jefferson continues to climb up the rookie rankings for most yards in a rookie season. Michael Pittman Jr is also starting to come alive and what do we do with the Bengals wide receivers now that Joe Burrow is out for the year? There is a lot to unpack for Week 12 which doesn’t feature any bye weeks.

Week 12 WR Rankings & Projections

Week 12 RankPlayerOpponentWeek 12 Projection
1Tyreek Hill@TB18.6
2Calvin RidleyLV18.1
3Davante AdamsCHI17.5
4Stefon DiggsLAC17.1
5DeAndre Hopkins@NE16.8
6Terry McLaurinDAL16.7
7Tyler Lockett@PHI16.1
8Michael Thomas@DEN15.8
9Adam ThielenCAR15.7
10DK Metcalf@PHI15.7

Week 12 Studs

calvin ridleyCalvin Ridley is one of the names I am looking at this week facing a Raiders secondary with little talent to cover him. Ridley saw nine targets in a pathetic attempt by Matt Ryan and this offense overall. Julio Jones may or may not play this week. In the three games Jones has missed, Ridley has posted over 100 yards per game and 11 targets per game. Terry McLaurin popped up on the injury report but this seems to be a minor issue. He gets the Cowboys this week, who have struggled on all fronts stopping the pass. Mclaurin has had success in the last two meetings against the Cowboys with a touchdown in each and 76 yards per game.

DJ Moore and Robby Anderson are both strong options this week as the Vikings have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Moore has been tremendous of late, with 241 yards and a score, where Anderson has faded off and Curtis Samuel has gotten going. I am still willing to bank on Anderson having another big week or two down the stretch. In that same game, the Vikings will roll out Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. The Panthers have allowed a 74-912-5 line to receivers over the last five games, and that includes the Detroit game where only one receiver surpassed 20 yards.

Week 12 Duds

Brandon Aiyuk has had a solid rookie year but facing the Rams defense has not been kind for wide receivers this season. They are allowing just 16.6 fantasy points per game. Deebo Samuel might be back as well which adds another body in there for targets but overall this is a matchup thing and the Rams can get a ton of pressure to force Mullens into mistakes. I am willing to see what Tyler Boyd does down the stretch but, Tee Higgins and AJ Green are going to be in tough spots now without Burrow. It looks like Ryan Finley in the meantime and that is going to sink the ship.

Marquise Brown has been a dud essentially every week and now has to face the Steelers defense that continues to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson is having issues with the long ball and Brown is just not being used as often as we’d like either. The same can be said for Jamison Crowder since coming back from injury and Joe Flacco has looked elsewhere. I will pass on him for better options this week.

Week 12 WR Streaming Options

Corey DavisCorey Davis (47%) is coming off of a surprise 100-yard day against a good Ravens defense and now faces the Colts, who have stifled offenses for most of this season, however, Davis is still in play this week, and had a 5-67-0 day against them last time out. Jakobi Meyers (51%) gets the Cardinals this week and while he was clearly taken out of the game by Houston, the Cardinals are allowing the 10th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers on the season. He has had a strong target share with Julian Edelman out and that should continue.

Michael Pittman Jr (25%) is now coming off back-to-back strong weeks and the matchup can’t be much better than the Titans, who have struggled against opposing wide receivers all season long. They are allowing 25.7 PPR points per game to wide receivers, and the Colts are not getting much production out of anybody but Pittman over the last few games. Jalen Reagor (22%) is another rookie option and he gets Seattle who have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers. You can also continue to use Tim Patrick (14%), posting another double-digit fantasy point game and the Saints have allowed the 11th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Week 12 Injury Corner

julio jonesJulio Jones continues to have an on and off season in terms of injuries and the hamstring has flared up again. He played only 22 snaps this week and the offense failed to show up regardless. At the moment, Jones is headed for a game-time decision, but this is an early Sunday game against the Raiders, which would be a great matchup for him. Kenny Golladay is another big name we are hoping to get back and the Lions offense needs to get their receivers back. Otherwise, we will see another dud game out of Matthew Stafford and this group. He gets an excellent matchup against the Texans if he can return but he needs to string together multiple practices first.

JuJu Smith-Schuster missed practice on Monday and left the game against the Jaguars. This is certainly something to monitor as it would make Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool primary targets, although Johnson clearly already is. James Washington would move up the totem pole as well. Deebo Samuel could return this week but a matchup against the Rams isn’t anything to get excited about, as mentioned above with Brandon Aiyuk.

  
Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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